Whistle-blowing Edward Snowden is prepared to entertain talks with the US Attorney Eric Holder for a potential return home, but only if there is a guaranteed amnesty, according to a Reuters report.
The chances of that, however, appear remote.
Snowden’s legal advisor Jesselyn Radack said she was glad Holder indicated last week he would talk to lawyers for the former U.S. spy agency contractor to negotiate his return from Moscow, but that Snowden would need better protection.
“It’s a little disheartening that he (Holder) seemed to take clemency and amnesty off the table, which are two of the negotiating points,” said Radack, who was interviewed via satellite from Moscow by NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
“But again, none of us have been contacted yet about restarting negotiations,” the legal adviser said.
Holder said in an interview on MSNBC on Thursday the United States would not consider the idea of amnesty for Snowden “where we say, no harm, no foul”.
Radack, who is the director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project – a whistleblowers’ organization – said Snowden has already suffered because his U.S. passport revoked has been revoked.
“He has been punished quite a bit already and while we are glad to dialogue and negotiate, he is not going to come back and face an espionage prosecution,” she said.
Snowden himself on Thursday discussed what conditions would be necessary if he were to return to the United States on a website called “Free Snowden”.